The Boy Who Once Chased Cats

I’d like to take a moment to tell you about the new book I’m working on entitled “The Boy Who Once Chased Cats.”

The idea for the story originated from a dream. I know. I know. How cliche. But, thats exactly how it happened.

In my dream I found myself in an old barn. It was dark and I was disoriented. I had a terrible feeling I was not alone. Something was hiding in the darkness, watching me.

At some point fear overtook me. I ran away and was chased down an old dirt road until I came to an old farmhouse. I opened the door and went inside. As I walked down a hallway I passed by a door. I looked into the room and saw a giant cat. He was standing in front of a full length mirror dressed in slacks and a shirt busily tying his tie.

To my surprise he turned slowly, looked right at me and said in a low even tone.

“Hello?”

That’s when I woke up. It was totally bizarre. However, the images and feelings stayed with me throughout the day. That evening when I got home from work, It was still on my mind. So much so that I decided to write it all down in my notebook.

The idea sat on the back burner for quite awhile. Months ago I took the idea up again and started developing characters and a plot.

What resulted from that endeavor is a 46 page chapter book aimed at middle grade readers. I believe the story is relevant to boys and girls alike. Perhaps more so to boys than girls.

I had a lot of fun writing it. It’s been amazing to see this dream come to life complete with illustrations.

You can read a sample online by following the link provided below or by going to my website. The booklet contains a preview of the first chapter and illustrations by Luke Spooner, an up and coming artist in the UK.

Anyway, I hope you’ll check it out and let me know your impressions. Leave a comment here or send me an email. Send me a tweet, FB message or whatever. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks,
Russell

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My Life as an Author 2014

They say becoming a successful author is a tough road replete with disappointment. I’ve found that to be true. I can go from feeling like I’ve just written Disney’s next best seller to feeling like a total failure in a matter of minutes. It’s a constant cycle of ups and downs that occur seemingly for no reason. I suppose the sting of that first rejection letter still lingers somewhere deep within my psyche. However, I’ve learned that when those feelings of self-doubt and personal failure begin to creep in, it helps to focus on the positive.

For instance, that rejection letter I mentioned earlier really wasn’t so bad. As a matter of fact the agent encouraged me to submit my manuscript to others who may be more apt to work with it. The storyline and characters were simply not what she was looking for.

So far I’ve not taken her advice. Instead I’ve decided to continue along the path of being a self-published author, at least for the first five titles. I’m determined to improve my writing skills and learn everything I can about the business of being self-published. Still, the goal of securing an agent and ultimately getting published by a reputable company will be the priority for future projects.

I began writing fairytales and children’s stories years ago. I enjoy the process of creating characters and making up stories that will hopefully entertain and cause the reader to think.

Since I began I’ve self-published three titles. The fourth and fifth are on the way. I’ve done some of my own illustrations and cover art and collaborated with illustrators locally as well as internationally.

So far I have two book signing events under my belt. I’ve done three interviews with three different newspapers and even made the front page in one. I have a website, a Facebook page and Twitter account. I’m on Goodreads, Wattpad and WordPress.

And while sales have not sustained high numbers, one of my books “The Light Man,” actually hit the top one hundred best in children’s Christmas books on Amazon.

It’s quite an adventure. I’ve made contacts, struck up relationships with people and reached an audience all over the world. These are truly remarkable times we’re living in. 2014 has turned out to be a pretty successful year for me as an author. At least according to my standards. I’m excited about things to come in 2015.

Just the fact that you’re reading this post is an encouragement to me. I want you to know If you’re reading this then you’re important to me. I hope one day to call you a fan. If you’re out there, I’d love to hear from you! Send me an email. Leave a comment on my FB page or tweet. Let me know you’re out there. Subscribe to my newsletter and I’ll let you know what I’m up to. I’ll be posting giveaways, special pricing, news & events, release dates etc.

Thanks for following along,

Russell

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